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Apple iCloud streaming Movie storage deal imminent tip insiders

Apple is reportedly finalizing deals that will put iTunes movies in the cloud, allowing iPhone and iPad owners to stream the video content just as they can now access iTunes in the Cloud music. The service could launch as early as late 2011 or otherwise at the start of next year, the LA Times reports, with Apple’s system an alternative approach to the Ultraviolet digital locker expected to launch with “Green Lantern” and “Horrible Bosses” this week.

Despite Apple’s system being a rival to Ultraviolet, several of the studios are reportedly keen to welcome the Cupertino company to the industry all the same. The existing heft of iTunes for movie sales has made it a force to be reckoned with, and insiders close to the deals say the extra focus on the segment is just what studios are looking for.

Ultraviolet offers a digital copy of a purchased DVD or Blu-ray, available for streaming to DRM-compatible devices. It’s the DRM that the studios have been most concerned with, given the piracy issue. Apple’s version is expected to function in a similar way to the new iCloud system, which currently allows users to stream their music – purchased from iTunes, unless they upgrade to iTunes Match – from a remote server on any device.

Apple’s system could also end up working with Ultraviolet, if further details in the negotiations go to plan. According to the sources, there’s talk of customers being able to access their Ultraviolet-stored content through Apple’s offering, though the reverse would not be true: iTunes-bought movies would only be accessible on Apple hardware.


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Apple iCloud streaming Movie storage deal imminent tip insiders is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Oct/11Off

Gum goes high tech with Rev7

When I was a kid, my brother and I were always chewing gum. My brother went on this gum bender once after watching the original Willy Wonka flick at school and started sticking his gum to the bedpost. At the time, we shared a room with a big queen bed and the gum managed to fall off the bedpost into my hair. Not fun times. Some of that gum remained adhered to the headboard for as long as we had that bed.

A new chewing gum is out that has gone high tech and will come off anything your kids might stick it on. It will come off the bed or even from under the table thanks to tech that allows it to mix with water. Normal gum won’t mix with water hence it stays sticky over the long haul making it hard to get off sidewalks and other places.

The Rev7 gum will absorb water and turns into a fine powder in a matter of months. If you need to get it off something before the months it takes to turn into powder, it is supposed to be removable from just about any surface easily. I wonder if it will come out of hair more easily too.

[via Treehugger]


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Gum goes high tech with Rev7 is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Oct/11Off

Apple wins Samsung tablet sales ban in Australia

Apple has won a preliminary sales injunction against Samsung in Australia, blocking the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from hitting store shelves and leaving the Korean company to face either a 2012 trial or scrapping the slate altogether. The federal court judge decided in favor of Apple’s claims that Samsung infringed on two patents the company holds, SMH reports, concluding “there were several factors that favoured Apple.”

Samsung had previously told the court that, even though the threatened injunction was only a temporary one until a full trial could be held, the time delays involved in that would leave it no choice but to axe the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. In missing the holiday sales season, Samsung argued, the Android slate would be “dead” on arrival. The company’s official statement makes no mention of those intentions, though does insist that the Korean firm will continue to pursue a separate claim against Apple in which Samsung alleges infringement around wireless standard patents.

“Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple’s claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers. This is a part of our ongoing legal proceeding against Apple’s claim. Samsung is also confident it can prove Apple’s violation of Samsung’s wireless technology patents through a cross-claim filed on September 16, 2011 with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales. Our wireless standard patents are essential for mobile business. We will continue to legally assert our intellectual property rights against those who violate Samsung’s patents and free ride on our technology” Samsung statement

Apple, meanwhile, merely reiterated its earlier comments, pointing out that “it’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging.” Samsung’s legal team had argued that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would primarily be judged by consumers against other Android Honeycomb tablets, something Apple’s team strongly disagreed with.

Both firms will return to the Australian courts on Friday, Bloomberg reports, with the judge ruling on whether Samsung can release a modified version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that avoids the patents Apple complained about. Samsung had previously offered Apple a potential deal, promising a swifter trial on the wireless standard patents if Apple agreed to drop its demands for a ban; however the Cupertino firm declined.

Tensions between the two companies escalated earlier this week, when Samsung launched a pop-up store offering the Galaxy S II for just $2 meters away from the Sydney Apple Store. Two rival queues began to form, one looking for a cut-price Android while the other waited for the new iPhone 4S, which goes on sale this Friday.


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Apple wins Samsung tablet sales ban in Australia is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Verizon iPhone 4S SIM unlock rules clarified as Sprint reports total lockdown

When the first iPhone 4S story was written here on SlashGear announcing said device, it was entitled iPhone 4S World Phone revealed – as it turns out, that doesn’t mean the same thing to all carriers here in the United States. What we’ve got for you here is an official statement from Verizon outlining exactly how their iPhone 4S can be unlocked, just as it should be, when you’re planning on traveling abroad. On the other hand, Sprint today confirms that they have no such plans to reveal the process to unlock their iPhone 4S because with them, no such ability exists!

To be doubly clear here, what owning a World Phone means in this case is that you’re supposed to be able to trade out the SIM card in your device to work with whatever carrier you like when you’re traveling abroad, for the iPhone 4S this means that, as Apple says, “whether you’re a GSM or CDMA customer, you can roam GSM networks in 200 countries around the world.” Sounds pretty convenient, yes? It certainly is if you’ve picked up the Verizon Wireless version of the iPhone 4S, at least. We’ve got confirmation of what the rules are exactly from Verizon Public Relations Spokesperson Brenda Raney, who notes:

“It is our standard unlock policy for all Global Phones. You have to have been a customer for 60 days and in good standing (meaning your bill is current) and the phone you want to unlock must be on our network at the time of the request. You call Verizon Wireless before you leave the country and we unlock the SIM. We will honor one unlock every 10 months.” — Brenda Raney, Verizon Wireless Public Relations

Sound easy enough to you?

Then there’s Sprint, jumping in on the iPhone market here for the first time, perhaps taking too big a risk in doing so, having the iPhone 4S not available for international unlocking at all. Ask your local Sprint representative and they’ll tell you the same: roaming internationally on Sprint will only be available with a specific plan chosen from Sprint’s own collection, and no unlocking will be offered at any time in the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile Apple will be releasing unlocked versions of the iPhone 4S ranging in price from $649.00 to $849.00 depending on the GB storage you’d like inside. These devices only have access to GSM networks, on the other hand, so they will not work with CDMA carriers like Sprint or Verizon Wireless inside the states.

Does any of this sway your decision on if or from whom you’ll buy?

Also don’t forget to check out our gigantic reviews of both the iPhone 4S and iOS 5, and don’t you dare feed the trolls!


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Verizon iPhone 4S SIM unlock rules clarified as Sprint reports total lockdown is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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